Suspected terrorists have reportedly taken the lives of six farmers and abducted 20 women at Maganda Junction on the Allawa-Pandogari Road in Niger State’s Shiroro Local Government Area.
Salihu Adamu, a resident, verified the incident, revealing that the victims, comprising four men and two women, were attacked while returning from Pandogari town in Rafi LGA to Allawa town in Shiroro LGA, as bandits indiscriminately opened fire on their vehicles.
“The bandits planted landmines on the road. And on sighting a convoy of vehicles heading to Allawa from Pandogari, they (bandits) opened fire on the vehicles, killing six people, comprising four men and two women. Three people sustained injuries and two trucks loaded with foodstuffs were burnt down,” Adamu was quoted by Daily Trust.
Meanwhile, the Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, on Monday in Minna, while reacting to a protest over hardship, had said, “On the issue of insecurity, I can rightly say that we have noticed a significant increase in security level in Niger State. Our farmers have gone back to their farms.”
The governor also banned mass purchase of foods in the state’s local markets by traders from other states in the country.